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12 Cities and Counties Receive Grants as Part of New Evidence-Based Prevention InitiativeCLEVELAND – The US Department of Justice solicited concept papers for their Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Demonstration Initiative to identify communities nationwide to partner in adapting proven service models that reduce domestic violence homicides.
Witness/Victim Service Center's concept paper built on the work of the local Domestic Violence Fatality Review committee, which includes partners from Cleveland Municipal Court, Cleveland Prosecutor, Cleveland Probation, Cleveland Police, Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, Mental Health Services, Legal Aid, and others.
County Executive Ed FitzGerald, “The work of the Witness Victim Service Center provides significant, lasting support and tools for victims of violence. This grant will help adopt best practices to further reduce that violence and offer support to those endangered.”
Cuyahoga County proposed studying adaptation of a proven service model program in Cleveland and in Parma. The decision to select these two municipalities was data driven:
- Cleveland annually has the highest rates of domestic violence and domestic violence homicides.
- The Fatality Review committee had recently concluded analysis of 2010 homicides, in which Parma participated as a result of the death of one of their residents. That year, it was the only suburb to have suffered a loss that met the definition of the types of cases being considered through this project.
Parma Mayor Timothy DeGeeter, “We are pleased that this grant money will allow for research into formulating a program that will help prevent domestic violence and that Parma has been included in this important effort.”
Further, if Cuyahoga County is chosen to replicate a program city wide, we would want to ensure that the program works for the full range of citizen demographic groups. Parma and Cleveland have significant differences both in race and socio economic factors that set them up to be natural comparison groups.
Witness/Victim's concept paper was selected by the Department of Justice and will be funded for $192,447.00. Official award documents have not been received.